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Multisport Expedition • National Parks • Pristine Jungle • Embera Village • Panama Canal & CIty • Portobelo

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Panama City and Canal 
  • River Rafting, Hiking, Camping
  • Indigenous Embera Village Visit
  • Pristine Rainforest National Parks
  • Spaniard Conquistadores History
  • All-inclusive 3 nights land package
  • Gateway:  Crown Airport Hotel

NOTE:   Make sure to use links placed on this documents to expand on given information, including Google Earth Itinerary HERE

You can access a recorded presentation about this itinerary HERE

Join Adventures Panama in this journey from the mountains to the Atlantic Ocean to discover why Panama is the country that it is today due to its narrow extension in the middle of the Americas, and the Chagres River which provides wealth and life to it.

 

 Friday 4th: Arrival to Panama City

We will greet you at Tocumen International Airport to shuttle you to the Crown Hotel in Panama City.

Your head guide will meet your at Crown Hotel main lobby at 7:00 pm for welcome and general itinerary briefing

1st day – Saturday 5th: Panama City

Today we will devote it to Panama City, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is three cities within one, merged together through time.

Old Panama, or “Panama Viejo” now in ruins was declared by UNESCO a world heritage site was the first city built by Europeans settled when they stepped on the American continent. The city was in operation from 1519 up to 1671. However, due to devastating fires, lack of fresh water, an earthquake, and attacks from English pirates, Spaniard decided to move the city to a peninsula 10 kilometers away which it is now known as the “Casco Antiguo.”

Old Panama, or “Panama Viejo” now in ruins was declared by UNESCO a world heritage site was the first city built by Europeans settled when they stepped on the American continent. The city was in operation from 1519 up to 1671. However, due to devastating fires, lack of fresh water, an earthquake, and attacks from English pirates, Spaniard decided to move the city to a peninsula 10 kilometers away which it is now known as the “Casco Antiguo.”

Casco Antiguo” is also declared by UNESCO a world heritage site.  It was well conceived and designed to be the new Panama City operating since 1673. Some buildings were moved rock by rock from “Panama Viejo.”  It is undergoing a complete restoration. With its plazas, monuments, narrow streets,  classic buildings and ocean proximity it is  full of history and very alive with nice restaurants and bars.  

Modern Panama City with a population close to a millions and steadily growing has integrated “Panama Viejo,”  and “Casco Antiguo”  within it.   Due to its geographic location in the middle of the continent,  with the Panama Canal, ports, and international airport known as the Hub of the Americas, Panama City still is a route of international transit, and world commerce

We will transit through it while visiting mentioned attractions and in our way to Causeway Amador , a narrow strip of land uniting three islands at the Panama Canal entrance where we plan to have lunch.

Itinerary:

  • 09:00 am Panama City Hotel pick up
  • 09:30am -11:30am Visit Casco Antiguo
  • 12:00m Visit and lunch in Causeway Amador
  • 2:00pm Visit to Panama Viejo
  • 4:00pm Transfer to Hotel Semilla Eco-Lodge
  • 6:30pm Dinner with welcome briefing.

 - Lodging at Hotel Semilla Eco-Lodge  – lunch and dinner provided

2nd day- Sunday 6th : The Chagres Challenge

You will will venture into the heart of the jungle where an impressively large watershed forms the head waters of the Chagres River, which is vital to the Panama Canal operations. It also supplies enough fresh water to support Panama City and Colón City population.

You'll start off with a trek through Chagres National Park on our flagship trip, the Chagres Challenge. You'll visit a virtually unseen portion of the jungle, due to the lack of accessible roads, protection against settlers, and the previous non-existence of Adventures Panama. This part of the river is characterized by currents alternating with still waters.

As a result of dense tropical forests covering the basin of the river, sedimentation is minimal; therefore, clear waters can often be expected. Local flora is typical of a tropical rain forest environment, with more than three hundred species per hectare. Although it is the natural habitat of big mammals, such as tapir and jaguar, they are seldom encountered. You can expect to see other exciting samples of fauna, such as rainforest monkeys (including: spider, howler, white faced capuchin, and Geoffroy's Tamarin), sloth, river otter, iguana, toucan, and plenty of fish. Once in the virgin jungle of Chagres National Park you will wonder if it might be the next set location of the popular TV show “Survivor.”

Itinerary:

Get ready for an early start with breakfast at 6 a.m. You will depart by 7 a.m. to be shuttle along the continental divide to them be transferred to all-terrain vehicle that will take us as far as possible by road in our journey through Chagres National Park.

After a wild 4x4 drive through our own made roads, you will hike for about 2-3 hours on a trail crossing creek and mountains all the way to the Chagres River arriving by noon. Here you will get into rafts and float downstream (Class II-III rapids) into the untouched jungles of the upper basin of the Chagres River.

We will have lunch by the river and continue rafting further downstream passing an impressive granite canyon with some white water rapid action, and ending at campsite by river shore by approximately 5 p.m.   Here we will meet our Embera Indigenous guides with their “piragua” (native wooden canoe equipped with outboard motor) that will take us to their village next day

- Lodging at river shore campsite – all meals provided

3rd day – Monday 7th: Embera Village, Agua Clara Locks, Portobelo

Today we will experience the Embera indigenous culture. They migrated to Chagres National Park more than 20 years ago where they had found a similar habitat to the one they left behind at the Darien dense jungles, near Colombia.

Also will see the Panama Canal Operations at the Agua Clara Locks Visitor Center to appreciate how ships are lowered or raised from or to Gatun Lake, 85 ft above the Atlantic Ocean. Gatun lake was formed by Gatun Dam which dammed the Chagres River.

Finally we will end at Portobelo by the Caribbean Ocean. Here the Spaniards Conquerors built their main export port. It is a fortified town intended to consolidate their looting, which later would be shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to Spain. It is also home of the afro-antillean Congo Culture.

Itinerary

After breakfast, we will continue navigating downstream now on board Embera “Piraguas” until reaching their village. Here we will have a chance to get acquainted with their culture and way of life.

After lunch in the village we will continue north up to the Panama Canal Agua Clara Locks Visitor Center to appreciate Post-Panamax ships transiting through the newest built locks. The visitor center has an impressive view of Gatun Lake and the canal all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

Them to our last destination, Portobelo, in the Caribbean. We will visit its main attractions which are the Royal Customs House, and its nearby fortress.

- Lodging at El Bongo Hotel Boutique – breakfast, lunch, dinner

4th day – Tuesday 8th: Shuttle to domestic aiport

After an early breakfast we will shuttle in a 2 hours drive to Albrook Airport to your flight to Pedasi.

- Breakfast 

FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE? All mentioned transportation, activities related gear, guides, included meals, entrance fees, and local taxes. On camping tents with inflatable mattress and blanket will be provided.

Lodging in private accomodations:
   At Cerro Azul Mountain: 1 night at Semilla Eco Lodge
   At Chagres National Park: 1 night in private tents
   At Portobelo: 1 nights at Bongo Boutique Hotel
Meals      : all meals included
Transfers: maritime, pluvial, and ground transportation within Panama

WHAT IT DOES NOT INCLUDE? personal expenses, meals not specified in itinerary, tips, extras in hotels (laundry, room service, phone calls).

WHO CAN GO? Persons that enjoy to team up to enjoy outdoor activities in good health, and fine physical conditions.

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE ALONG? Light clothing, strapped sandals (Chaco or Teva type are ideal), or light boots with good soles, a cap, a light jacket or windbreaker (in case the weather turns chilly), a towel, headlamp. Personal hygiene items and prescribed drugs. A day back pack, personal water bottle, sun-block lotion, glasses secured straps (Croakies type). A full packing list will be provided after confirming participation. Please refer to document "Weather, Packing LIst, and Gear Logistics"  Listed HERE

Masks wearing is required at ground transportation and flights.

WHAT SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT? While in activities leave objects than can be deteriorated by water, and valuables like jewels, excess cash, credit cards, etc.

NOTES:                                                                                                                                     

(1) Adventures Panama reserves the right to exchange program with similar activities or accommodations in case it considers it necessary always providing similar value at its sole criteria.

(2) Participants should get familiar and agree with general Adventures Panama Terms and Conditions. 

 

DAILY MENUS

1st day – Saturday 5th: Panama City
*** Lunch at Bucaneros (To be confirmed, subject to change)
- ENTRADA
Ensalada Verde
Ensalada de pasta tricolor con tocineta
Canasta de pan
- PLATO FUERTE
Filete de pescado al ajillo
Lomo res en salsa champiñones
Filete de pechuga de pollo a la parrilla con B. B. Q.
Arroz primavera
Vegetales Salteados
- POSTRES
Flan de la casa
Frutas Tropicales
Estación de Café o té caliente
Bebidas: Limonada, te frio, soda, o cerveza nacional
*** Dinner at Semilla Eco Lodge ( a la carta)
Espaguetis en salsa blanca pollo y champiñones
Pechuga de pollo a la plancha
Corvina al cartucho
Ribeye steak
Club Sandwish de pollo y papas fritas
Hamburguesa con papas frita
** Incluyen una guarnición, una bebida a escoger entre cerveza local o sodas
2nd day- Sunday 6th : The Chagres Challenge
- Breakfast at Semilla Eco Lodge: ( a la carta)
Tradicional Panameño: Tortillas de maíz, huevos al gusto y queso campesino
Americano: Tostadas o pancakes, huevos al gusto y jamón de pavo
Saludable fit: arepas asadas, omelette de claras y queso campesino
Vegano: pancakes, banana, canela y mapple
*** Lunch at Chagres River
Emparedados al gusto. Cada quién se prepara su emparedado entre varieda de panes, quesos (cheddar y suizo) y fiambres (Jamon ahumado, pavo, lomo, salami) acompañados con lechuga y tomate. Ademas frutas y snacks
*** Dinner at Chagres River Campsite
Asado de chorizo, carnes, salmon acompañado con vegetales al cartucho: papa, pimentones, cebolla, platano maduro
3rd day – Monday 7th: Embera Village, Agua Clara Locks, Portobelo
*** Breakfast at Chagres River Campsite
Huevos duros, tamales de pollo, tortilla de harina con mermelada y mantequilla de mani, avena, café o té
*** Lunch at Embera Village
Pescado fresco frito con patacones, frutas y sodas.
*** Dinner at Bongo Boutique Hotel ( a la carta)
Cazuela de Mariscos con Arroz con Coco
Pulpo costeño con Arroz con Coco *
Almejas Guisadas con Arroz con Coco y Ensalada
Alitas de Pollo Guisadas con arroz y ensalada
Filete de Pescado *
Camarones al Ajillo *
Arroz Frito con Almejas
* Servidos con arroz, papitas fritas, patacones o yuca y ensalada
Hamburguesa de Res
Pasta Marinera (salsa roja o blanca)
Platos Thai (Pad, Curry Rojo, Arroz Frito) con pollo, camarones, vegetariano
Hamburguesa de Lentejas
Arroz Frito con Tofu
** Incluye cerveza local o sodas
4th day – Tuesday 8th: Shuttle to domestic aiport
- Breakfast at Bongo Boutique Hotel ( a la carta)
Derretido
2 Pancake y tocino
Frutas con yogurt y granola
Tostadas Francesas
Huevos suaves, omelet, o revueltos, con porcion de frutas y hojaldre o tostadas
     Acompañamientos 1. Chorizos/Tocino/Queso/Vegetales 
Salchicha guisada con hojaldre o tortilla
Bistec picado encebollado con haldre o tortilla
* incluye café o té y jugo de naranja natural